individuation

Connecting Heuristics To The Jungian idea of individuation.

There is a sense in which individuation is the top of the graph, the who. The question stands: are there mediums which allow you to be more like yourself? More individuated?

If we all share very minimal (mediated) ways of showing up (say by a swipe on a screen) then the medium foregoes individuation, but if instead we are allowing for an open ended system–say Improv as one example–then a person would get a chance to connect the (1) subconsciousness with the conscious and the (2) individual with the individuated.

In general, it [individuation] is the process by which individual beings are formed and differentiated; in particular, it is the development of the psychological individual as a being distinct from the general, collective psychology.

— Psychological Types (1921), CW 6, § 757.

Everything that has life is individual—a dog, a plant, everything living—but of course it is far from being conscious of its individuality. A dog has probably an exceedingly limited idea of himself as compared with the sum total of his individuality. As most people, no matter how much they think of themselves, are egos, yet at the same time they are individuals, almost as if they were individuated. For they are in a way individuated from the very beginning of their lives, yet they are not conscious of it. Individuation only takes place when you are conscious of it, but individuation is always there from the beginning of your existence.

—The Psychology of Kundalini Yoga: Notes of the Seminar Given in 1932 (12 October, 1932), p. 5.

Individuation appears, on the one hand, as the synthesis of a new unity which previously consisted of scattered particles, and on the other hand, as the revelation of something which existed before the ego and is in fact its father or creator and also its totality.

—“Transformation Symbolism in the Mass” (1942/1954), CW 11, § 400.

Individuation has two principal aspects: in the first place it is an internal and subjective process of integration, and in the second it is an equally indispensable process of objective relationship. Neither can exist without the other, although sometimes the one and sometimes the other predominates.

—The Psychology of the Transference (1946), CW 16, § 448.

Individuation, and the play between the individual and the individuated feels relevant to creativity, and could be expanded by system thinking.

There is a negotiation between the lived and the examined experience. The nature of both is rendered based on our capacity for (1) expansiveness and (2) incorporation.

My intuition is that mediums could have a big role to play in a positive change in both.

Building on this the idea of entropy, and the classic system thinking concept of stock and flow (Meadow and Wright, 2015): does the individuation process give way for more ways of showing up (stock of creativity) which we then incorporate (flow) into our lived experience?


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Meadows, Donella H., and Diana Wright. Thinking in Systems: a Primer. Chelsea Green Publishing, 2015.